Plot synopsis: “The Dove and the Nightingale” — “La Paloma y el Ruiseñor” + MORE

 

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Giveaway: My First Classical Albums + MORE

Nurture the budding classical-music fan in your life with this nine-CD box set of much-loved classical pieces, from the age-old masters like Mozart to the modern practitioners like John Williams. Enter for a chance to own the 'My First Classical Albums' box set..... More »
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A Band Apart: Resident Evil + MORE

What does it mean when strangers show up, infiltrate our institutions, assimilate our knowledge, and then leave? Ensemble-in-residence...who does that?.... More »
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Classical ‘factory line’ takes the joy out of Beethoven and Brahms, says Nigel Kennedy + MORE

Lazy tutors are creating musical clones by putting too much emphasis on technique, says violinistViolin virtuoso Nigel Kennedy has accused music colleges and record companies of producing “factory lines” of pianists and violinists that end up all sounding the same.In being made to focus too heav.... More »
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V.com weekend vote: How modern is your modern music? + MORE

By Laurie Niles: This week I had the great pleasure of witnessing a world-premiere performance of a new solo violin partita, and it made me want to see the music for and check out more like it. It hasn't always been my reaction to new music, though I'd like to think of myself as open-minded. When i.... More »
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Just in: Classical artist cancels US debut tour over Trump ban + MORE

From the Chicago music critic and concert organizer Peter Margasak: I was incredibly excited to present and hear the Chicago debut of the London-based Kazakh violinist Aisha Orazbayeva next weekend as part of the series I program at Constellation, but this morning she advised me that she had decide.... More »
CBSO/Nelsons review  the audience was transfixed by every breath of the musicSymphony Hall, BirminghamAndris Nelsons extraordinary instinct for communicating the essence of a work took the experience to a higher planePerformances of Beethovens Choral Symphony are always an event. This one, the culmination of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestras cycle, carried the cumulative energy of their four concerts in six days, a summation of all the great emotional and intellectual force Beethoven represents…

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Critic’s Notebook: Unsuk Chin Talks About Her Music and InfluencesThe South Korean composer Unsuk Chin, who lives in Berlin, speaks about her unconventional approach and her comfort level in New York.

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A bold and gritty start to the Welsh National opera season – but somewhat lacking the Swiss mountain freshness evoked in Rossini’s music

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Plot synopsis: “The Dove and the Nightingale” — “La Paloma y el Ruiseñor”Act I
On a warm August evening Angela Peralta de Castera, celebrated Mexican soprano, and her 80-person opera company board the S.S. Newbern, an American steamer just arrived in La Paz from Panama; they have booked passage across the Sea of Cortez to Mazatlán, where the company will conclude its summer tour with a week of performances in the Teatro Rubio…

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – The stage musical of “The Lion King” has generated the highest total box office of any production in any entertainment medium, with worldwide takings of more than $6.2 billion, a spokesman for Walt Disney Co said on Monday.

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Tchaikovsky Symphony No. 6

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Philippe Jordan conducts the Wiener Symphoniker

Tchaikovsky described putting his entire soul into his Sixth and final symphony, the ‘Pathétique’…

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Prokofiev needs your help

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Gabriel Prokofiev – grandson of Sergei and a terrific composer and groundbreaking figure in his own right – asks for our input in a new book project about the alternative classical scene. Please jump in!’We Break Strings’Is a book of photos, interviews & essays charting the rise of the alternative classical music scene in London…

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Ghoulish whispering and tantrum-like outbursts at times threatened to undermine the ambiguity of the Soviet composer’s music

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LSO/Gergiev/Matsuev review  high-speed vamping at a brutal gallopBarbican Hall, LondonValery Gergievs ability to pace and sustain the long climaxes in Shostakovichs symphonies remains exemplaryThe LSO opened its last season under Valery Gergiev doing what they do best together: Russian music. First, a rarity: the Dante Symphony No 1 by Boris Tishchenko, written in 1998 as the first of five pieces telling the story of the Divine Comedy…

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Conductor Change, SF Opera Partenope

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I am not familiar with the work of either of these conductors, so here it is from the San Francisco Opera press release:San Francisco Opera today announced that Grammy-nominated American conductor Julian Wachner will make his San Francisco Opera debut conducting George Frideric Handel’s Partenope, presentedOctober 15–November 2, 2014 at the War Memorial Opera House…

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Interview: Rafael Payare

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We catch up with Venezuelan hot-shot Rafael Payare, recently appointed Chief Conductor of the Ulster Orchestra, who tells us why everyone ought to come to his LSO debut concert on Thursday 9 October…
Imagine I don’t know a lot about classical music. How would you describe what a conductor does?
Well, first let’s say that of course the conductor is not the one that produces the sound, because actually only the musicians in the orchestra are producing any sound…

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My orchestra audition gratitude challenge

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Auditions are usually stressful events, and by their nature disappointing for most of the people involved, so cultivating an attitude of gratitude (corny rhyme though it may be) is a good practice for classical musicians.

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Da Capo Players: Shulamit Ran Sharing the excitement of Shulamit Ran’s music on the occasion of her 65th anniversary year, Da Capo offers a wide range of her chamber works, from 1978 to the present, including her now classic Mirage (written for Da Capo’s 20th Anniversary in 1990). Monday, September 22 at 8:00 PM Tickets […

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